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Biography of Philip II of Macedon

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Philip II of Macedon was a lord who led the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon from 359 to 336 B.C. He is frequently recognized as father of Alexander the Great who turned into his successor after his death in 336 B.C. Philip II was a capable lord and an astounding military officer. Amid his childhood, Philip was taken to Thebes where he was held a hostage.

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Indeed, even in his imprisonment, Philip took in military and conciliatory systems from Epaminondas. When he rose to the Macedonian position of royalty, the nation’s economy was enduring and the country was nearly fall. Regardless of the weights looked by the new lord, he put his discretionary aptitudes to utilize and prevailing with regards to overcoming his foes and snags. Philip assaulted and caught the Greek urban communities of Potidaea, Pydna and Methone.

He had vanquished a large number of his foes in northern Greece by 352 B.C., however neglected to catch the go of Thermopylae as it was monitored by the Greek powers of Achaeans, Spartans, and Athenians. Philip was killed in 336 B.C. at the old capital of the kingdom of Macedon. The explanations for his murder are hard to appreciate since there are numerous hypotheses encompassing his death.


Adolescence and Early Life

  • Philip II was conceived in 382 B.C. to King Amyntas III and his better half Eurydice I. He was their most youthful child and had two senior siblings, Alexander II and Perdiccas III.
  • At the point when Philip’s sibling Alexander II took the honored position, Philip was held a prisoner in Thebes. Amid his chance in imprisonment, Philip found out about various military procedures from Epaminondas, who was an incredible general of his period.


Promotion and Reign

  • After the passings of his senior siblings, King Alexander II and Perdiccas III, Philip assumed control over the position of royalty in 359 B.C. At to start with, he was delegated official for his sibling Perdiccas’ child, Amyntas IV, however later on, Philip prevailing with regards to assuming control over the kingdom for himself.
  • Following the demise of his sibling King Perdiccas, Philip needed to manage the annihilation against the Illyrians who had executed his sibling, as well as exacerbated the monetary and military circumstance of his nation.
  • In 358 B.C., Philip and his armed force attacked Paeonia and afterward Illyria, gaining lost regions of Macedon. Philip’s armed force was capable and furnished with sarissa, a pike which had more noteworthy reach than Greek weapons.
  • Keeping in mind the end goal to reinforce his relations with the Illyrians, Philip wedded princess Audata who was incredible granddaughter of the Illyrian ruler. In 357 B.C., he vanquished Amphipolis. Following this, he tasted triumph for more than two decades in the area.
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  • In 356 B.C., Philip caught the northern Greek urban communities of Potidaea and Pydna. Around the same time, he ended up plainly associated with the Third Sacred War. Philip additionally helped the consolidated powers of Macedonian armed force and Thessalian League squash the Phocians and their officer in the Battle of Crocus Field in 352 B.C.
  • He caught the city of Crenides and renamed it ‘Philippi’ in 356 B.C. He held control over the mines of the region which delivered gold and later utilized the gold for his crusades.
  • Philip drove fights in Methone in 354 B.C. also, in Olynthus on the Chalcidice promontory in 348 B.C. Amid these fights, he was truly harmed abandoning some changeless scars all over and body – a lost eye, a broken shoulder, and an injured leg.
  • With his energy living in a large portion of the Greek urban areas, Philip sent an undermining message to the Spartans cautioning them of the risks in the event that they neglected to surrender before him. However, the Spartans additionally tested him and Philip chose to allow Sparta to sit unbothered.
  • Philip was harmed and maintained an injury on his correct leg when he drove a crusade against the Ardiaioi in 345 B.C.
  • He directed a military undertaking in 342 B.C. against the Scythians and vanquished the Thracian settlement Eumolpia and renamed it by giving his name ‘Philippopolis’.
  • In 340 B.C., Philip drove two attacks. One of them was the attack of Perinthus and the other one was of the city of Byzantium. However both the attacks were unsuccessful because of which his impact over Greece was traded off.
  • In 338 B.C., he returned to control by and by crushing a union of Thebans and Athenians at the Battle of Chaeronea. Also he pulverized Amfissa, a little Greek town, removing huge parts of its populace.


Real Works

  • At the point when Philip acquired Macedon after his sibling’s demise, it was on the very edge of crumple. It was a frail, in reverse nation with an insufficient, undisciplined armed force. It was Philip who utilized his military aptitudes and taught the armed force powers which in the end controlled the domains around Macedon and vanquished the vast majority of the Greece.
  • In 337 B.C., Philip made an alliance known as the League of Corinth wherein every one of the individuals concurred never to wage a war on each other. From now on, Philip was chosen as the pioneer of the armed force for the assault on the Persian Empire. It was amid this wander in 336 B.C. that Philip was killed and was prevailing by his child Alexander.
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Individual Life

  • Philip II of Macedon framed numerous collusions with the other capable kingdoms through his military aptitudes as well as through various relational unions. His first spouse was the Illyrian princess Audata who helped him in shaping a cooperation with the Illyrians.
  • His second spouse was Phila, the princess of the Macedonian canton of Elimeia. His most noteworthy spouse was the princess Olympias of the nation of Epirus who gave him his successor, Alexander.
  • Philip likewise wedded Cleopatra, little girl of Hippostratus and renamed her Cleopatra Eurydice of Macedon and had two kids with her.



  • Philip II of Macedon was killed in the spring of 336 B.C., the year he started his intrusion of Persia. Amid the marriage festivities of Philip’s little girl, Cleopatra of Macedon, and Alexander I of Epirus, Philip was slaughtered by Pausanias of Orestis, who was one of his guardians.
  • Subsequent to killing Philip with a blade, Pausanias attempted to escape however was gotten by the protectors and in the long run slaughtered. Alexander the Great assumed control over his dad’s position of authority and went ahead to attack the Achaemenid Empire.
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The golden larnax and the golden grave crown of Philip


  • The clique statue of Philip had been raised in the heroon at Vergina in Macedon where the group of Philip is adored.
  • The Macedonians respected Philip and presented to him diverse types of acknowledgment. At Eresos, a sacred place had been worked for Zeus Philippeious; his statue was set in the sanctuary of Artemis; and at Olympia a remembrance ‘Philippeion’ was made in 338 B.C.
  • Hollywood has depicted Philip in a couple of the period dramatizations like ‘Alexander the Great’ and ‘Alexander’. Philip additionally shows up in some computer games like ‘Authority: Philip of Macedon’ and ‘Rome: Total War: Alexander’.
  • Filippos Veria which is a fruitful handball group of Greece displays Philip’s name in their image. There is a brandishing ground in Skopje named ‘Philip II Arena’.

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